Trump and Asia: Business as Usual?

On Tuesday April 25, 2017, the Harvard University Asia-related centers convened the second panel of our “Trump and Asia” series, with a focus on U.S.-Asia business and trade in the Trump era.

The panelists were:

  • William Kirby, T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; Director of the Harvard China Fund
  • Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow — Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Institute
  • Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Moderated by Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, Director of Harvard University South Asia Institute
  • Chaired by Andrew Gordon, Victor and William Fung Acting Director of the Harvard University Asia Center; Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

Listen to the event on Harvard’s podcast, and see below for pull quotes.

William Kirby

8:00 “There is a broad sense of déjà-vu listening to Mr. Trump attack China on its trade policies in almost exactly the same language as American politicians ritually attacked Japan in the 1980s.” — William Kirby

8:50 “Now we see China taking the place [of Japan]. Anbang is taking on that dowager of a hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, and beginning work on a nearly 2 billion dollar investment.” — William Kirby

9:40 “If you were to look at Trump and Asia in one little quadrant of the world, Manhattan…you see Asia in Manhattan or Asia in Trump. ICBC is the largest single tenant in Trump Tower.” — William Kirby

Professor William Kirby, Dr. Mireya Solis, Professor Mark Wu, and Professor Andrew Gordon at the “Trump and Asia: Business as Usual” panel discussion.

This blog post is in the process of being updated, please check back later for complete quotes from our “Trump and Asia: Business as Usual” event.